The 9 Best Morning Stretching Exercises To Get That Sleepy Body Moving

If you want to be able to get on with your day at high speed right from the get go then morning stretches should be one of the first things you do.

Effective morning stretching exercises not only get your blood flowing, they also help your digestion, breathing and nerves. Better yet a good regular stretching routine will reduce stress and help you lose weight if done as part of an eating and work out plan.

So basically you should start one right away, well at least tomorrow morning!

My morning stretching exercises below is hardly be all and end all but they are a great start point. Also of course you may have certain areas of your body that you feel need warming up more than others, for me for example it’s my legs, I do a lot of aerobics and body pump in the weekday evenings so often feel a bit stiff first thing. Added to that I’ve also has some Achilles heel and groin strain problems in the past so I also include so stretches designed to warm those areas up too as a long term preventative measure.

Morning Flexibility Stretches 1

An excellent general easy leg stretch and the best as it will do several elements of the leg all at once.

1) Kneel with 1 foot on the floor and set your weight on the knee.
2) Using your heel on the floor lean forwards.
3) This stretch can place a fair bit of pressure on your Achilles so lean in to it bit by bit.
4) Hold it for at least 20 seconds, and then repeat with your other leg.

If you want, you’ll find you may put some pressure into your thigh area and so get some groin stretching going too. Don’t push to hard, it is meant to be a morning stretch, limber up or down or rehabilitation exercise rather than a dancers flexibility exercise. I think it is to be quite relaxing and pleasant.

Morning Flexibility Stretches 2

1) Sit on the edge of your chair with your feet on the floor.
2) Bend over, reaching both hands toward the feet.
3) Arch your back.
4) Hold for just a count of 10.
5) Repeat five more times.

Morning Flexibility Stretches three

1) Remain seated to the edge of your bed with your feet on the floor.
2) Move your neck in a circle, pressing your ears towards your shoulders.
3) Move slowly on a clockwise direction five times.
4) Move slowly in a counter clockwise direction five times.

Morning Flexibility Stretches four

1) Remain seated on the edge of the bed with your feet on the floor.
2) Shrug shoulders up to your ears.
3) Repeat 10 more times.

Morning stretching exercises five

1) Stand next to your bed.
2) Lace your fingers together.
3) Raise both hands above your head, palms upwards.
4) Lift up stretching your rib cage.
5) Hold for a count of 10.
6) Repeat five more times

Morning Flexibility Stretches 6

1) Remain standing alongside your bed.
2) Bend over and contact your fingers to your toes while keeping the knees straight.
3) Hold for a count of 10.
4) Do five more times.

Morning Flexibility Stretches seven

1) Lie flat on the floor
2) Set your arms at your side
3) Slowly and gradually raise your legs over your head
4) Carry on and raise your legs until your toes touch the floor behind your head
5) Hold the position for 15 seconds
6) Do three times

Morning Flexibility Stretches 8

1) Lie flat on your tummy
2) Pushup with both arms bending backwards
3) Carry on until your arms are straight
4) Hold the position for 15 seconds
5) Do three times

Morning Flexibility Stretches 9

1) Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you
2) Reach forward toward your toes
3) Carry on until a gentle stretch is felt at the rear of the knees
4) Hold the position for 15 seconds
5) Repeat three times

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